Since Mark and I have a goal of RVing when/if we retire, I wanted to start cataloging all our favorite recipes. Putting them here means they take up no space in my dream RV AND I get to share them with you. Many thanks to those who lovingly shared their recipes at potlucks at HIDDEN VALLEY our SAN ANTONIO RV PARK. You're welcome to become a contributor by sending a recipe,along with a picture if possible.
Chiles roasted over an open flame, or in the oven, impart a
delicious smoky, chipotle flavor to salsas or any dish that uses chiles. This preparation is used for peppers used in chile rellenos and countless other Mexican food favorites.
Here's an important warning when handling chiles: Wear gloves when working with hot chile peppers. This
is no time to be macho. Never touch your eyes when working with chiles, fresh
or dried. If you are not a glove person, make sure that you wash your hands very well with soap when you're done. Alternately you may want to coat your hands with a small
amount of cooking oil before you handle chiles. This prevents some of the oils
from adhering to your skin. Once your chile chores are completed wash
your hands well with warm soapy water.
How to char your fingernails
This method works well, especially in the RV kitchen, for roasting a small quantity of
chile peppers. You may want to use a long
handled cooking fork with a handle made with a non heat-conducting material.
Pierce the pepper with the fork and hold the pepper over a gas flame (or grill
flame), about 4" from the heat source. Keep turning the pepper until it is
evenly charred on all sides.
(Or if you like charred fingernails try the method in the photo, that's the way I do it.)
The pepper skins should turn black when properly
roasted. Place the roasted peppers in a plastic bag and seal the bag. (You can
also use a small wire grilling basket and char a few peppers at a time.)
Stove Top Chile Grill
For larger quantity of chiles you can
use a stove-top grill such as the one shown here. This fits over a gas or
electric burner. Sit the chiles on top and turn occasionally to allow even
Use tongs to keep the vegetables turned for even
charring. This can also be done on a BBQ grill if you can get the chiles very close to the coals.
This is the secret!
This is my method of choice since I like to do a slew of peppers at once then freeze any extra in a baggie for later. Freeze them in small
Preheat your oven to 450°F or broil (232°C.) Spread the peppers evenly on a cookie sheet,
in a single layer. Roast the peppers for about 4-5 minutes until the skins
blister. Watch carefully so they do not burn but the skins will turn black.
The secret to easily peeling regardless of the method you use? Place the roasted peppers in a
plastic bag and seal the bag.
Allow the chile peppers to 'sweat' in the plastic bag*
for about 10 to 15 minutes. When you remove them from the bag they will be easy
to peel. Rinse the peppers under cool running water (wear gloves!). Peel the
chile, remove and discard the skin, seeds, and the veins.
It's a messy job but somebody has to do it. Preferably get hubby to help then claim you only have one pair of gloves and you'll be glad to let him do the honors. Hey, sometimes it works.
It may be desirable
to have a small amount of the charred skin remain, depending on the dish. This
can be a flavorful addition to fresh salsa.
*You may also use a paper bag but I find the peppers sweat
more in plastic. You can even put your hand right in the bag and peel the
chiles leaving the skins inside the bag.
Another possibility: You can also use this method for roasting bell peppers (use various colors) and marinating them in a vinagrette. This makes a great Italian style salad or condiment.